hello my troopin' friends...I am considering a solid front axle conversion on my 86 trooper, I have my eye on a chevy 10bolt or the like, has anyone ever tried/done something like this?? any ideas or info on the subject would be greatly appreciated! :arrow:
2500, man that's steep...all the 10 bolts on 4x4 chevys are passenger pumpkin (up to 1991 K5 and suburbans). I'm gonna price stuff in detail and see what i can come up with...I know I can get a 10bolt from a buddy for 100 bucks with the springs, so that's a good start so far...
Buy steel to make all the parts and piece you will need (spring hangers, shock tabs, shackles.....)
Rent or buy a set of torches to torch off all the IFS stuff
Grinding wheels and whatnot to clean up the frame
Buy the shock towers
Possibly new rotors and calipers
Buy the ring and pinion gears
Setup the gears
Pay to have lockers installed (or self install)
You really should put new bearings and seals in the donor axle
Custom front driveshaft made
I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff but it's not as simple as throwing an axle under a truck. You can see there are lots of little things that add up.
Plus if you can't set gears up or use a cutting torch or weld, wow I don't want to see that shop bill for a SAS at shop rates.
oh, this is gonna be an off-road only vehicle except for the few paved roads to get off-road so, I will be "MillerLocking" the diffs with my MIG, as for the steering, I can't seem to find much info on that, I'll have to try several things till I find something that works, well see how it goes. I won't be starting this project till January so that gives me some time to get all the stuff together. Greetings and Salutations my fellow Troopers!
Right there is 1100 dollars in parts, not counting the nut and bolt type stuff that you will have to have like I mentioned before to get your axle worth running. A sas isn't cheap. Matt may help you out on cost a bit if you were to order that much stuff at once, but don't forget shipping costs.
bigpoppax2, you are the man!!! :lol: :lol: Thanx brutha for all the great info, I'm set on doing this conversion so i'm gonna try my best, if i can build a part instead of buying one, i'll built it myself as long as it is absolutely safe and strong, this way to save as much dough as possible. Thanks again my man!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
yep, there's flat top knuckles on older front chevy D44's. I believe I can get this one from my buddy as well, I'll keep in touch w/independent4x and take from there, they seem to know our trucks very well. thanx dude!